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Passing the Torch of Life

Includes new song... The Voice by Ace featuring Ken O'Keefe and Gilad Atzmon....

Selamin Belica and his wife, Didar Belica - 2003

(SACRAMENTO / BOSTON) - In this life, when confronted with immense hardship, we do our best to form with the changes and preserve our hearts. We know remaining intact on a personal level is essential for the strength of others. We find ourselves suffering yet we move forward, living day by day, and eventually the burden eases. Time does not heal all wounds but it certainly helps mitigate the damage we feel when losing someone close to us.

Selamin Belica did not want fanfare upon his passing, he wanted those who loved him to carry on. One of those people is his beloved son, our writer/author/musician Agron Belica, whose efforts brought forth our own Newsic Revolution album. The songs address human rights issues that our mainstream media fails to so much as identify.

Hundreds came for Selamin's funeral in Connecticut a few days ago, his brother even traveled from Macedonia. Selamin was known for the help he lent others; a kind and giving man, he was devout and passionate about human rights.

Upon hearing the news of Selamin's passing, Mahmoud Ayoub, Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary and Professor Emeritus, Temple University, wrote,

Selamin with his brother, G. Belica, New York City

    I received the news of your father’s passing with a feeling of peace, regret and hope. My feeling of peace was in the assurance of God’s mercy and love in the peace of jannah after suffering. My feeling of regret is because I had hoped to meet him, but alas, till later. My feeling of hope that I will meet him in Jannah, in-sha’ Allah.

    I end with this Qur’anic verse: “O soul in peace, return to your Lord pleased with Him and pleasing to Him. Enter into the company of my faithful servants. Enter into my Janna.” May his soul rest in peace.


When Arab-Americans were suffering in the time period following the Sept. 11th attacks, Selamin rallied in favor of his fellow Muslims who received endless harassment and persecution in this period of Islamophobia.

He also believed in Palestine, and longed to see a day when this battered population living under brutal Israeli occupation could emerge onto the world stage with the same rights as others, without Israeli fighter jets and drones endlessly striking civilian targets...

On the subject of Palestine, Siraj Davis, noted activist for Palestinians based in Jordan with Collective Consciousness, wrote these heartfelt words:

    I give my deep heartfelt, and sincere condolences to CCTJP member, a brother, and a Agron Belica and his family for the tragic and recent loss of his father, Selamin Belica.

    It is often difficult to find words to express such emotion when the heart beats mourning within my aging chest. Yet, I begin with honesty and trust in her always to carry my message.

    Such a great person as brother Agron fortunately crossed paths in my life, a man who cares for energizing and aiding lost causes as a Saint Jude Thaddaeus, a gifted and talented artist who has sacrificed his life toward not temporal money nor a dint of fame but selflessly for the human rights of others, a father and family man who has given his best talents toward the development of his children to be the future leaders of humanity. A simple, humble, and honest man who always blesses those in the presence of him with a smile and laughter, but most importantly...hope.

    Such greatness can only be birthed from its like. And be surrounded with branches of its same. Therefore, though I never met Selamin Belica, surely the root of such a loving and strong family tree accentuates the fact that it was truly my loss to not have had the blessing of meeting this wise man. I thank him though for the posterity he left behind for all of us.

    I wish I were there to share the pain but I hope brother Agron and his family knows that world citizens across the world, including here in Jordan, shed a tear for this loss and are always poised for full support for his family.

    We wish the Belica family the best

Long before living in the United States, Selamin served in the Yugoslavian military. As the photograph shows, his striking figure was distinct and handsome.

A disciplined man in military or civilian life, Selamin Belica succeeded in everything he took on in this difficult life, and his journey to a new life in the USA was a long and arduous one.

There is no question in my mind that Agron's qualities as a concerned human rights activist and journalist and singer/songwriter are directly derived from this great man who lost a long battle with cancer.

I also believe that Selamin is the source of Agron's tremendous strength during this difficult time.

Like a true artist, Agron's reaction to the loss of his father is a fantastic new music video and song that serves as a tribute for Selamin Belica, the man who didn't want too much of a fuss made about him after he died.

Rather than centering the theme around his father, Agron uses the platform to draw attention to the efforts that his father believed in, and the people his father believed in; men like Ken O'Keefe and Gilad Atzmon; two of the strongest and most articulate human rights activists on this planet.

They have long been a part of the family and so was Selamin Belica. We share the love and the loss and know that the world is a better place because of this well loved man.

Published on Nov 18, 2013

The Voice by Ace feat. Ken O'Keefe & Gilad Atzmon/2013
Music Production by VTZ & A.E.M.G.
Video Production by Lisa Spaulding & Louis Narcisi
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My Life by Agron Belica feat. Lisa Spaulding & Muhsin Corbbrey from Agron Belica on Vimeo.


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Anonymous November 19, 2013 12:56 pm (Pacific time)

I am sad to hear of this man's passing, but I appreciate the tribute offers, as it did when its established writer Hank Ruark passed away. 

Siraj Davis November 19, 2013 10:38 am (Pacific time)

God rest the soul of Seliman Belica I will keep it short as Dr. King pre-requested before his own funeral, for greatness is easily discernible and also because I was unfortunately not acquainted with such a large and bright soul. But to borrow the words of Ossie Davis at brother Malcolm X's funeral, I will say that consigning these mortal remains to earth, the common mother of all, we are secure in the knowledge that what we place in the ground is no mortal - but a beautiful seed - which, after the winter of our discontent and sorrow, will come forth again to meet us. How such an impossible feat some may whisper in slight disbelief? We may and 'will' view his legacy by his children and those of us who respect and love this man and his family, in the belief he helped to instill into this world of the ability of music to change human society, the energy and passion toward making a change and risking sacrifices for those ends, and a strong love for humanity. All of the aforementioned we glance at in his own blossomed talents within the Belica family, a great family we all feel so much love and appreciation toward. Let us sow the deep wounds, wipe the falling tears, say our own comforting words, but then remember that we soon will begin to honor such memories of wise people whom have departed our lives here to another better one, via our own deeds and energy for the near future. May we all honor Seliman Belica and hope to meet him after our own deeds insha Allah

CAROLE M GOURGUE-DESROSIERS November 19, 2013 1:42 am (Pacific time)

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I know your Dad was a very special man whom you cherished dearly. My thoughts & love are with you & your family during this difficult time. Carolina

Sonia November 19, 2013 1:31 am (Pacific time)

I did not know Mr. Belica in person but I had heard of him thru a friend.Losing a loved one is never easy. My sincere condolences to the family. May his soul rest in peace.

Ana L. November 19, 2013 1:16 am (Pacific time)

May brother Selamin Belica rest in Peace!!

Passing the Torch of Life November 19, 2013 1:06 am (Pacific time)

Selamin Belica,may your soul rest in Peace!!! What a great man!! Read the story,and my eyes starting to shed tears. This world needs more people like your father Agron,I hope you continue to follow his foot steps. We are temporary in this world, is the next one that we all should worry about. This man is surely in a better place. Salem-News Reader Gia

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